New Mexico DA reviews newly minted legislator’s admission of voter fraud

13th of November 2015

"A public admission by New Mexico’s newest state legislator that she committed voter fraud, casting ballots before she became a naturalized U.S. citizen, has been referred to the district attorney in Bernalillo County.

"But the statute of limitations appears to have long since expired, so Rep. Idalia Lechuga-Tena probably can’t be prosecuted for a crime.

"In a 3-2 vote, the Bernalillo County commissioners this week appointed Lechuga-Tena to fill the vacant seat in House District 21 in southeast Albuquerque. Lechuga-Tena, a 32-year-old Democrat, received the appointment by getting the votes of Republican commissioners Wayne Johnson and Lonnie Talbert and Democrat Art De La Cruz. Two other Democrats on the commission voted against her.

"Born in Mexico, Lechuga-Tena said she became a U.S. citizen in 2007. But she said she voted in a city election in Albuquerque in 2003. State records also show that she voted in the Democratic primary election in 2004."

Read more at the Santa Fe New Mexican.


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